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Martti Koskenniemi, Mónica García-Salmones Rovira, and Paolo Amorosa

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805878

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805878.001.0001

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The Past is Never Dead

The Past is Never Dead

Christian Anti-internationalism and Human Rights

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(p.178) 8 The Past is Never Dead
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International Law and Religion
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Pasquale Annicchino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805878.003.0009

Human rights are the product of a specific history and of a specific context. Over the course of their developments religious groups have had different attitudes towards them. For instance several Christian Protestant denominations have strongly criticized and opposed the developments of human rights giving birth to a distinct strand of Christian anti-internationalism. This chapter, after dealing with the anthropological understanding of human rights in the contemporary era, will challenge this notion with the understanding of Christian anti-internationalism, beginning with historically situating the anthropological understanding of human rights in the controversy surrounding the establishment of the League of Nations. Based on two case studies it will also show how those debates are relevant today within the context of the development of human rights worldwide. At the core of the controversy stands the competition between legal pluralism and international constitutionalism.

Keywords:   human rights, evangelicals, international law, law and religion, individualism, LGBTI rights, Russian Orthodox Church, culture wars, secularism, constitutionalism

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